For the last week I have heard
We must rid the nation of semi-automatic guns!
from the left. These idiots imbeciles don’t even know what a semi-automatic gun is. In fact they see what a gun looks like and declare it to be banned. Here is a definition of what a semi-automatic gun actually is.
A semi-automatic, or self-loading, firearm is a weapon that performs all steps necessary to prepare the weapon to fire again after firing—assuming cartridges remain in the weapon’s feed device or magazine. Typically, this includes extracting and ejecting the spent cartridge case from the weapon’s firing chamber, re-cocking the firing mechanism, and loading a new cartridge into the firing chamber. Although automatic weapons and selective fire firearms do the same tasks, semi-automatic firearms do not automatically fire an additional round until the trigger is released and re-pressed by the person firing the weapon.
While all basic firearm actions require the action to be cycled manually before the first shot, semi-automatic as well as automatic and selective fire actions are differentiated from other forms such as single-action or double-action revolvers, pump-action, bolt-action, or lever-action firearms by eliminating the need to manually cycle the weapon after each shot. For example, to fire ten rounds from a semi-automatic firearm or a selective fire weapon set to fire semi-automatically, the action would initially be cycled to load the first round and the trigger would need to be pulled ten times (once for each round fired). For the other forms, the weapon’s mechanism would require cycling manually prior to firing the next round. An automatic or a selective fire weapon set to fire automatically would be able to fire continuously as long as the trigger is held until the magazine or feed device runs out of ammunition.
In other words. A semi-automatic gun loads the guns without the aid of the shooter. But for the round to be shot, unlike the automatic gun, the shooter has to pull the trigger each time.
The usage of the term automatic may vary according to context. Gun specialists point out that the word automatic is sometimes misunderstood to mean fully automatic fire when used to refer to a self-loading, semi-automatic firearm not capable of fully automatic fire. In this case, automatic refers to the loading mechanism, not the firing capability.
The term “automatic pistol” almost exclusively refers to a semi-automatic (i.e. not fully automatic) pistol. With handguns, the term “automatic” is commonly used to distinguish semi-automatic pistols from revolvers. The term “auto-loader” may also be used to describe a semi-automatic handgun. However, the term “automatic rifle” may mean a rifle capable of fully automatic fire. Both uses of the term “automatic” can be found; the exact meaning must be determined from context.
In layman’s terms we are not talking about a machine gun type of weapon. On these weapons you do not hold the trigger down (so to speak), but have to pull the trigger each time one wants to fire.
Adam Lanza pulled the trigger each time he fired. That meant he aimed and fired at every person he shot. And you have to wonder what sick, perverted mind would shoot a child in cold-blood.